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  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno

    ★★★

    The film does the sturdy, if not creatively undernourished, thing by avoiding real and lively characters completely so that the full purpose of the movie is entirely on the spectacle and the rush you get when filmmakers barrage you with their idea of exploitation, but it still all is kinda repetitive in certain parts.

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★

    Movies with the promise of a premise early on are always fun -- I guess that's what a hook is, and HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U makes this certain just like the first one and, like any sequel dependent on the premise of the original, supplements it, particularly with the clever smart-aleckiness of teamwork led by more experienced people teaching some wacky underlings the ropes. -2 stars for going full on horror movie erasure and being essentially an above-average clever teen action comedy.

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  • South Pacific

    South Pacific

    ★★★½

    Don't let yourself be fooled by the war imagery, the jungle, the wartime Frenchmen, run-of-the-mill cultural generalizations, alcoholic protagonist, remorseless and dancing soldiers, the loss and gain of seemingly random plot points, slaughter of a water buffalo, descent into hysteria, hallucinogenic hues, lush and sweeping musical numbers, and reaffirmation, romantic or not and despite differences, of human relationships: this is NOT Apocalypse Now.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly, Yorgos Lanthimos' trademarked get-used-to-this-lot chilliness aids a movie exceptionally well when the characters are more calculating than they are unfathomable. The perfectly honed build-up is truly at the care of the three leads who are equal parts unpredictable and in command of their rationale, so while you never know what quite they might do next you are certain that it will not be thematically flaccid.